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Sharp, Register, and Grimes' Economics of Social Issuesoriginated the social issues approach to teaching basic economic principles and has garnered a loyal user following for its timely and impartial handling of current social issues that dominate the news. The primary objectives of the book are to create student interest in the study of economics and provide a framework of basic analytical tools useful in the understanding of social issues. This edition provides fresh perspectives on current societal trends and public debates to stimulate classroom discussion and help students learn the important basic principles of economics. Each chapter presents economic concepts then places them within the context of current issues facing society.
Table of Contents
1. Alleviating Human Misery: The Role of Economic Reasoning
2. Economic Systems, Resource Allocation, and Social Well-Being: Lessons from China’s Transition
3. Government Control of Prices in Mixed Systems: What Are the Actual Outcomes?
4. Pollution Problems: Must We Foul Our Own Nests?
5. Economics of Crime and Its Prevention: How Much Is Too Much?
6. The Economics of Education: Crisis and Reform
7. Poverty Problems and Discrimination: Why Are So Many Still So Poor?
8. The Economics of Monopoly Power: Who Does What to Whom?
9. The Economics of Professional Sports: What Is the Real Score?
10. Competition in the Global Marketplace: Should We Protect Ourselves From International Trade?
11. Economic Growth: Why Is the Economic Road So Bumpy?
12. Money, Banking, and the Financial System: Old Problems with New Twists
13. Unemployment and Inflation: Can We Find a Balance?
14. Government Spending, Taxation, and the National Debt: Who Wins and Who Loses?
15. Social Security and Medicare: How Secure Is Our Safety Net for the Elderly?